Monday, August 31, 2020




September 1, 2020 

The school office will be closed on

 Tuesday September 1, 2020.

All staff will be taking Heath and Safety Training.

The office will re-open on Wednesday September 2, 2020.

The office will be open today 

August 31st until 3:00 PM if parents have questions.  

Saturday, August 29, 2020

 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. – 

                                                                                                                                   Proverbs 1:5 

August 27, 2020 

Dear Catholic Schools Families, 

As the days grow shorter, the rituals of summer give way to the routines of fall and a new school year. School principals have been working extensively with the Office of the Superintendent and the Catholic Schools Reopening Advisory Council, to provide extensive professional development on COVID-19 awareness, enhanced teacher technology, and mental health social-emotional learning (SEL).

Given the emphasis on hygiene, our maintenance and custodial staff are receiving training in the new requirements for cleaning and sanitizing our school buildings. A recent article in Catholic New York does a wonderful job of articulating this intensive instruction currently underway to ensure our mission is carried out safely and efficiently.

By now, your principal has been in touch with you to share the reopening plan crafted for your particular school and familiarize you with the modifications to daily routines such as drop off and pick up procedures and the regulations surrounding meal times and traversing hallways. 

These communications will continue since your comfort and familiarity with the new protocols is paramount. While the painstaking work continues in your school buildings, there are things you can do at home to prepare your family for the coming school year.

This comprehensive video presentation, Teacher and Student Resources for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, with materials approved by our health experts, including Dr. Walid Michelen, chief medical officer and senior vice president at ArchCare, is a timely refresher on COVID-19. 

While we are all familiar with the dos and don’ts of life during this pandemic, one can never be too informed. Consider this an opportunity for some family professional development before returning to your school in just a few weeks. 

More than ever, your partnership is crucial to safely and successfully reopening our schools and to carry on the storied legacy of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of New York. 

Thank you for being informed, supportive and understanding as we navigate this new beginning together. 


Mr. Michael J. Deegan 

Superintendent of Schools Archdiocese of New York

Monday, August 24, 2020

Zoom Meetings


Zoom Parent Meetings 
Tuesday August 25, 2020

Please make sure your screen is muted.
Mr. Woods will be going over the Opening Plan.
Also, there will be a 15 minute time window for questions.

Topic: Grades 5-8
Time: Aug 25, 2020 - 10:00 AM 
Meeting ID: 883 0210 1802
Passcode: olqm

Topic: Grades 2-4
Time: Aug 25, 2020 - 11:00 AM 
Meeting ID: 841 8362 8081
Passcode: olqm

Topic: Grades K & 1
Time: Aug 25, 2020 - 12:00 PM 
Meeting ID: 858 4681 4831
Passcode: olqm

Topic: PreK1 & PreK 2
Time: Aug 25, 2020 - 01:00 PM 
Meeting ID: 843 0804 1616
Passcode: olqm

Wednesday August 26th 

Topic: PreK For All - 4 Year Old Program
Time: Aug 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM 
Meeting ID: 848 9617 6267
Passcode: olqm

Topic: PreK For All - 3 Year Old Program
Time: Aug 26, 2020 - 11:00 AM 
Meeting ID: 854 1742 5874
Passcode: olqm

Sunday, August 23, 2020


Re-Opening Guidelines for Parents 

Mr. Woods hopes everyone is well.
Mr. Woods wants to remind parents that the transition to the re-opening of the school is based on CDC guidelines and the Superintendent of Schools Office for the Archdiocese of New York.
Parent cooperation and understanding is paramount as we transition students to a new way of experiencing school.
I want to outline on a weekly basis what will happen when school opens on September 9, 2020. I will just list them numerically and will update more in the next week.
This is based on the Re-Opening Plan that has a link below that was drawn up the task committee of the Archdiocese of New York which is below on this blog.
Parents who wish a copy of the re-opening plan should 
e-mail Mr. Woods at 

There are two options based on parent survey that was completed by 133 parents:

Option 1 - Full 5 day in classroom instruction 
Option 2 - Remote learning from home with live stream from classroom.

Once a parent chooses an option that option is in place until the end of the first quarter. There is no back and forth with options. If parents wish to change that option they should contact the school office.

1. All students, all grades will be required to wear a face mask- ALL DAY.
If your child is coming into our PreK programs please start to practice having them wear a mask.

2. Only one entrance will open up at 7:45 AM - the Church doors.
The left side of the staircase will be for entering and the right side for exiting.

3. Temperature testing of students as they enter will be conducted at  in the hallway of the second floor outside the supply room.
As per the guidelines parents will be requested to remove themselves and their child from the building should they attempt to not follow the guidelines outlined in the re-opening plan.
The classroom aides and teachers will be there to bring the children to the classrooms.
In order to have an easy flow the first few days all PreK students will not be permitted into building until 9:00 AM.
I know that parents will be upset that they cannot go to classrooms to wish their child the best but as the guidelines strictly say - no adults past the testing point.

4. Early pickup of children will NOT be permitted. If a child needs to go to the dentist or doctor then they should remain home for the day and login remotely to the classroom.

5. Breakfast will be served in the classroom after everyone has settled into the rooms.

6. Students must bring their own bottled of water with them. The vending machines will be turned off and their will be no refrigerators in the classrooms as per the guidelines.

7. There will be no heating of food as all microwaves have also been removed from classrooms.

8. Students may bring their own lunch, snacks etc. from home if parents so wish.

9. Students will be served lunch in their classrooms - there will be hot lunch this year as the gas has been turned on.

10. Dismissal - Parents will not be allowed in building at dismissal. Students will be lined up a various locations and parents will be able to pick them up from the line.

11. There is NO After School Program until Phase Two of the guidelines — which most probably means October.

12. Parents who need to speak to the teacher MUST make an appointment with Alba by phone.  Parents will not be permitted to come to the school office. They will be required to remain in the hallway near Ms. Resto's office.  Alba and Mr. Guzman will only be available by phone during Phase I. 
Only one parent at a time and there will be a temperature check beforehand. 
All appointments will be after 3:00 PM ONLY.
Teachers will set up Zoom meetings and also give out the school e-mail address wherein parents will be able to communicate with them.

13. There will be no general parent meetings until Phase 4.
Parents will be invited by the teachers to join a Zoom call. 

14. Teachers will post supplies needed by August 15th. All materials should be labeled as they may only be used by the child labeled— there is no sharing of crayons, pencils, hand sanitizer etc.

15. The supply room will be closed to parents. Students may bring an envelope with money for supplies and the classroom teacher will escort the whole class to the supply room for the purchase of supplies.

16. Students will NOT be taking gym classes. Instead they will be taking a daily walk - each class (cohort) by themselves. There is no need for a gym uniform.

17. Departmental Class Grades 2-8. Students will not move between classrooms, The teachers will move from class to class.

18. Classroom schedules will be available in September for students who will be working remotely from home.

19. Students in the PreK For All program and the 3K program — parents should purchase gym uniform from them. The students wear that uniform when they go out for a walk so that teachers and aides can keep an eye on them.

20. Parents are requested to read the blog weekly. Parents are also requested to listen to the IRIS messages to keep up to date.
Also, parents are requested to have all telephone numbers updated and emergency numbers and contacts updated

Monday, August 17, 2020

Supply List 

 ·         At least two (2) changes of clothes (including shirt, pants, underwear, socks, and shoes).

·         Two (2) extra face masks.

·         Three (3) packages of baby wipes.

·         Three (3) packages of flushable wipes.

·         Three (3) boxes of tissues.

·         Two (2) bottles of hand sanitizer.

·         Two (2) boxes of the large, 2.5 gallon size Hefty Zip lockbags – with the zipper.

·         Three (3) rolls of paper towels.

·        Two (2) bottles of disinfecting spray.

       Two (2) containers of antibacterial wipes.  


PreK For ALL Students
Mr. Woods would like to welcome you to 
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. 
Please remember to pick up a registration packet in the school office.
Registration is Due the week of August 24th.

Parent Meetings
There will be Zoom parent meetings on the following dates:

Tuesday August 25th 
Grades 5-8 at 10:00 AM
Grades 2-4 at 11:00 AM
Grades K + 1 at 12:00 noon

PreK-1 and PreK -2 (Tuition based program)
Mrs. Fundora and Mrs. Rodriguez
1:00 PM 

Wednesday August 26th 
PreK For All 
4 year old program 
10:00 AM 

3K For All 
3 year old program 
11:00 AM 

These meetings will discuss the opening plan for September along with other guidelines.

Parent - Teacher Meetings 

Zoom Parent-Teacher meetings will be conducted on 
Friday September 4th.
Teachers will conduct the Zoom Meetings from their classrooms so that parents may see the setup in the classroom.

Prior Guidelines for Parents
Parents are reminded to scroll down on this blog to the announcement on July 29th as to some guidelines that will be in place when school opens on September 9th. 
More guidelines will be posted this week.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Letter from the Superintendent of Schools Office

 August 13, 2020

 Dear Parents and Guardians, 

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the safe reopening of our school buildings in September. In a time when words like uncertainty and change have dominated our lexicon, seeing a return to some form of routine - especially for children- is a great comfort to us all. You were recently shown a video  providing an overview of the practices and protocols you can expect to see in schools throughout the archdiocese this fall, which will ensure the teachers’ and students’ safe return to our buildings. 

In addition to these measures, the initial re-entry and subsequent day-to-day monitoring of COVID related issues will be overseen by the Catholic Schools COVID Coordination Team, which will include a noted expert in the field of public health. The team, overseen by The Health and Safety Task Force of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, will be supported by a full-time staff dedicated to the health and safety of our students and staff who will monitor and manage our response to COVID-19. They will take the lead in interfacing with local health officials, including the crucial tasks of testing, contact tracing, school notifications any time a school experiences a suspected or confirmed case within the building. 

While we are very proud of how our school leaders and teachers shifted to home-based learning overnight, we can all agree the ideal environment for students to pray, learn and grow is within the walls, halls and classrooms of our beloved schools. In many cases, this year, that will mean a hybrid model of in-person and enhanced, remote synchronized and a-synchronized education. Teachers will be expected to utilize Zoom throughout the school day to engage your children when they are at home, providing the classroom experience of teaching, learning and practice of concepts. 

Since this technology is new, we have dedicated additional days of professional development for our teachers at the start of school. We anticipate that the first few days will find students, teachers and principals addressing and refining whatever fine tuning will be necessary. Given the expanse of our regions and the unique physical characteristics of each school building, our gifted and talented principals have tailored the Catholic Schools Reopening: Moving Forward Together guidelines and manual to best serve the needs of their communities. 

Recognizing that principals have been keeping you informed since March and more recently with the release of our opening plan, in accordance with the governor’s new directives, principals will begin additional outreach to parents in the coming days. These communications will outline daily procedures specific to your school, such as but not limited to: pick up and drop off, meal times, maintenance of facilities, and daily screening procedures. 

Over the course of the coming weeks, you will have the opportunity to communicate with your principal. We are all blessed to have these dedicated school leaders. This series of communications will culminate in a virtual, interactive meeting to ensure you and your family are as comfortable as possible with the specific reopening plan in place. As you learn more about the specifics relating to your individual schools, now is an ideal time to contemplate a discussion with your child about what they should expect as school reopens. While they likely have a favorite mask, and they certainly know how to sing two soapy choruses of Happy Birthday at the sink, it will be important for them to know how to implement the best hygiene practices they are already performing within the context of the school day.

 We have added resources on our website to help you prepare them for wearing a mask throughout the day at school. Perhaps even more importantly, this will likely be the first time the children will have seen so many of their friends in person since March. Given they will be wearing face coverings and won’t have the usual physical contact or freedom of movement, there are conversations that can be started now addressing the social and emotional aspects of coming back to school in a COVID environment. 

The mental health professionals at the Archdiocese Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (ADAPP) have prepared resources for this purpose, and we invite you to utilize them as you see fit. As evidenced by all of the above, much planning and study has been committed –and will continue- towards safely reopening our school buildings and delivering the academically superior education of which we are all so proud. 

Ultimately, the people in whose hands these plans will rest, are the dedicated men and women who constitute the finest group of teachers in America today. These selfless, persevering professional educators have met every challenge placed before them and have exceeded expectations throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and we know they will continue to be there for your children in that sacred singular relationship that only exists between a student and their teacher. Not only are they your child’s hero, they are ours as well. 

Sincerely, Michael J. Deegan 

Superintendent of Schools Archdiocese of New York